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October 7th, 2010
12:19 PM ET

Israel gets closer to passing loyalty law

Benjamin Netanyahu supports changes that would make new citizen's declare allegiance to "a Jewish state."

In a move likely to fuel tensions with its minority Arab population, Israel moved a step closer to passing a law that would require new citizens of the country to declare their loyalty to a "Jewish state."

In a statement released Wednesday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his support for adding language to Israel's citizenship and entry law that would declare a new citizen's allegiance to "a Jewish and democratic state."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Church and state • Israel • Judaism • Leaders

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  1. Muneef

    @Reality.Reality.Reality.
    You are giving a bad example and image of your country if you think you are 100% convinced of your allegations besides on all your posts there was no respect shown to any of the religions nor to to God,Angel Spirits,Holy Scriptures,Our Father Adam our Mother Eve nor the Prophets of God !! Sorry to see what breed has America prepared for us believers if the majority are like you!!?
    And since as it seems that only words of Quran can pass with out being flagged therefore I would let it speak to you for it self.
    Reading it would not be regretted or time wasted have to try understanding it whether you believe or not believe in it. God light of guidance will come to those who they want to be guided by them searching or researching in quest for a light of savior for guidance to the right path. Bless all. 

    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Qaf. By the glorious Qur'an, (1) Nay, but they marvel that a warner of their own hath come unto them; and the disbelievers say: This is a strange thing: (2) When we are dead and have become dust (shall we be brought back again)? That would be a far return! (3) We know that which the earth taketh of them, and with Us is a recording Book. (4) Nay, but they have denied the truth when it came unto them, therefor they are now in troubled case. (5) Have they not then observed the sky above them, how We have constructed it and beautified it, and how there are no rifts therein? (6) And the earth have We spread out, and have flung firm hills therein, and have caused of every lovely kind to grow thereon, (7) A vision and a reminder for every penitent slave. (8) And We send down from the sky blessed water whereby We give growth unto gardens and the grain of crops, (9) And lofty date-palms with ranged clusters, (10) Provision (made) for men; and therewith We quicken a dead land. Even so will be the resurrection of the dead. (11) The folk of Noah denied (the truth) before them, and (so did) the dwellers at Ar-Rass and (the tribe of) Thamud, (12) And (the tribe of) A'ad, and Pharaoh, and the brethren of Lot, (13) And the dwellers in the wood, and the folk of Tubb'a: every one denied their messengers, therefor My threat took effect. (14) Were We then worn out by the first creation? Yet they are in doubt about a new creation. (15) We verily created man and We know what his soul whispereth to him, and We are nearer to him than his jugular vein. (16) When the two Receivers receive (him), seated on the right hand and on the left, (17) He uttereth no word but there is with him an observer ready. (18) And the agony of death cometh in truth. (And it is said unto him): This is that which thou wast wont to shun. (19) And the trumpet is blown. This is the threatened Day. (20) And every soul cometh, along with it a driver and a witness. (21) (And unto the evil-doer it is said): Thou wast in heedlessness of this. Now We have removed from thee thy covering, and piercing is thy sight this day. (22) And (unto the evil-doer) his comrade saith: This is that which I have ready (as testimony). (23) (And it is said): Do ye twain hurl to hell each rebel ingrate, (24) Hinderer of good, transgressor, doubter, (25) Who setteth up another god along with Allah. Do ye twain hurl him to the dreadful doom. (26) His comrade saith: Our Lord! I did not cause him to rebel, but he was (himself) far gone in error. (27) He saith: Contend not in My presence, when I had already proffered unto you the warning. (28) The sentence that cometh from Me cannot be changed, and I am in no wise a tyrant unto the slaves. (29)On the day when We say unto hell: Art thou filled? and it saith: Can there be more to come? (30) And the Garden is brought nigh for those who kept from evil, no longer distant. (31) (And it is said): This is that which ye were promised. (It is) for every penitent and heedful one, (32) Who feareth the Beneficent in secret and cometh with a contrite heart. (33) Enter it in peace. This is the day of immortality. (34) There they have all that they desire, and there is more with Us. (35) And how many a generation We destroyed before them, who were mightier than these in prowess so that they overran the lands! Had they any place of refuge (when the judgment came)? (36) Lo! therein verily is a reminder for him who hath a heart, or giveth ear with full intelligence. (37) And verily We created the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, in six Days, and naught of weariness touched Us. (38) Therefor (O Muhammad) bear with what they say, and hymn the praise of thy Lord before the rising and before the setting of the sun; (39) And in the night-time hymn His praise, and after the (prescribed) prostrations. (40) And listen on the day when the crier crieth from a near place, (41) The day when they will hear the (Awful) Cry in truth. That is the day of coming forth (from the graves). (42) Lo! We it is Who quicken and give death, and unto Us is the journeying. (43) On the day when the earth splitteth asunder from them, hastening forth (they come). That is a gathering easy for Us (to make). (44) We are best aware of what they say, and thou (O Muhammad) art in no wise a compeller over them. But warn by the Qur'an him who feareth My threat. (45)
    Sura 50:01 to 45.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
    • Muneef

      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Praise be to Allah, Who hath created the heavens and the earth, and hath appointed darkness and light. Yet those who disbelieve ascribe rivals unto their Lord. (1) He it is Who hath created you from clay, and hath decreed a term for you. A term is fixed with Him. Yet still ye doubt! (2) He is Allah in the heavens and in the earth. He knoweth both your secret and your utterance, and He knoweth what ye earn. (3) Never came there unto them a revelation of the revelations of Allah but they did turn away from it. (4) And they denied the truth when it came unto them. But there will come unto them the tidings of that which they used to deride. (5) See they not how many a generation We destroyed before them, whom We had established in the earth more firmly than We have established you, and We shed on them abundant showers from the sky, and made the rivers flow beneath them. Yet we destroyed them for their sins, and created after them another generation. (6) Had we sent down unto thee (Muhammad) (actual) writing upon parchment, so that they could feel it with their hands, those who disbelieve would have said: This is naught else than mere magic. (7) They say: Why hath not an angel been sent down unto him? If We sent down an angel, then the matter would be judged; no further time would be allowed them (for reflection). (8) Had we appointed him an angel (Our messenger), We assuredly had made him (as) a man (that he might speak to men); and (thus) obscured for them (the truth) they (now) obscure. (9) Messengers (of Allah) have been derided before thee, but that whereat they scoffed surrounded such of them as did deride. (10) Say (unto the disbelievers): Travel in the land, and see the nature of the consequence for the rejecters! (11) Say: Unto whom belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth? Say: Unto Allah. He hath prescribed for Himself mercy, that He may bring you all together to the Day of Resurrection whereof there is no doubt. Those who ruin their souls will not believe. (12) Unto Him belongeth whatsoever resteth in the night and the day. He is the Hearer, the Knower. (13) Say: Shall I choose for a protecting friend other than Allah, the Originator of the heavens and the earth, Who feedeth and is never fed? Say: I am ordered to be the first to surrender (unto Him). And be not thou (O Muhammad) of the idolaters. (14) Say: I fear, if I rebel against my Lord, the retribution of an Awful Day. (15) He from whom (such retribution) is averted on that day, (Allah) hath in truth had mercy on him. That will be the signal triumph. (16) If Allah touch thee with affliction, there is none that can relieve therefrom save Him, and if He touch thee with good fortune (there is none that can impair it); for He is Able to do all things. (17)He is the Omnipotent over His slaves, and He is the Wise, the Knower. (18) Say (O Muhammad): What thing is of most weight in testimony? Say: Allah is Witness between you and me. And this Qur'an hath been inspired in me, that I may warn therewith you and whomsoever it may reach. Do ye in sooth bear witness that there are gods beside Allah? Say: I bear no such witness. Say: He is only One Allah. Lo! I am innocent of that which ye associate (with Him). (19) Those unto whom We gave the Scripture recognise (this revelation) as they recognise their sons. Those who ruin their own souls will not believe. (20) Who doth greater wrong than he who inventeth a lie against Allah or denieth His revelations? Lo! the wrongdoers will not be successful. (21) And on the day We gather them together We shall say unto those who ascribed partners (unto Allah): Where are (now) those partners of your make-believe? (22) Then will they have no contention save that they will say: By Allah, our Lord, we never were idolaters. (23) See how they lie against themselves, and (how) the thing which they devised hath failed them! (24) Of them are some who listen unto thee, but We have placed upon their hearts veils, lest they should understand, and in their ears a deafness. If they saw every token they would not believe therein; to the point that, when they come unto thee to argue with thee, the disbelievers say: This is naught else than fables of the men of old. (25) And they forbid (men) from it and avoid it, and they ruin none save themselves, though they perceive not. (26) If thou couldst see when they are set before the Fire and say: Oh, would that we might return! Then would we not deny the revelations of our Lord but we would be of the believers! (27) Nay, but that hath become clear unto them which before they used to hide. And if they were sent back they would return unto that which they are forbidden. Lo! they are liars. (28) And they say: There is naught save our life of the world, and we shall not be raised (again). (29) If thou couldst see when they are set before their Lord! He will say: Is not this real? They will say: Yea, verily, by our Lord! He will say: Taste now the retribution for that ye used to disbelieve. (30) They indeed are losers who deny their meeting with Allah until, when the Hour cometh on them suddenly, they cry: Alas for us, that we neglected it! They bear upon their backs their burdens. Ah, evil is that which they bear! (31) Naught is the life of the world save a pastime and a spot. Better far is the abode of the Hereafter for those who keep their duty (to Allah). Have ye then no sense? (32) We know well how their talk grieveth thee, though in truth they deny not thee (Muhammad) but evil-doers flout the revelations of Allah. (33)Messengers indeed have been denied before thee, and they were patient under the denial and the persecution till Our succour reached them. There is none to alter the decisions of Allah. Already there hath reached thee (somewhat) of the tidings of the messengers (We sent before). (34) And if their aversion is grievous unto thee, then, if thou canst, seek a way down into the earth or a ladder unto the sky that thou mayst bring unto them a portent (to convince them all)! – If Allah willed, He could have brought them all together to the guidance – So be not thou among the foolish ones. (35) Only those can accept who hear. As for the dead, Allah will raise them up; then unto Him they will be returned. (36) They say: Why hath no portent been sent down upon him from his Lord? Say: Lo! Allah is Able to send down a portent. But most of them know not. (37) There is not an animal in the earth, nor a flying creature flying on two wings, but they are peoples like unto you. We have neglected nothing in the Book (of Our decrees). Then unto their Lord they will be gathered. (38) Those who deny Our revelations are deaf and dumb in darkness. Whom Allah will He sendeth astray, and whom He will He placeth on a straight path. (39) Say: Can ye see yourselves, if the punishment of Allah come upon you or the Hour come upon you, (calling upon other than Allah)? Do ye then call (for help) to any other than Allah? (Answer that) if ye are truthful. (40) Nay, but unto Him ye call, and He removeth that because of which ye call unto Him, if He will, and ye forget whatever partners ye ascribed unto Him. (41) We have sent already unto peoples that were before thee, and We visited them with tribulation and adversity, in order that they might grow humble. (42) If only, when Our disaster came on them, they had been humble! But their hearts were hardened and the devil made all that they used to do seem fair unto them! (43) Then, when they forgot that whereof they had been reminded, We opened unto them the gates of all things till, even as they were rejoicing in that which they were given, We seized them unawares, and lo! they were dumbfounded. (44) So of the people who did wrong the last remnant was cut off. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds! (45) Say: Have ye imagined, if Allah should take away your hearing and your sight and seal your hearts, Who is the God Who could restore it to you save Allah? See how We display the revelations unto them! Yet still they turn away. (46) Say: Can ye see yourselves, if the punishment of Allah come upon you unawares or openly? Would any perish save wrongdoing folk? (47) We send not the messengers save as bearers of good news and warners. Whoso believeth and doeth right, there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve. (48) But as for those who deny Our revelations, torment will afflict them for that they used to disobey. (49) Say (O Muhammad, to the disbelievers): I say not unto you (that) I possess the treasures of Allah, nor that I have knowledge of the Unseen; and I say not unto you: Lo! I am an angel. I follow only that which is inspired in me. Say: Are the blind man and the seer equal? Will ye not then take thought? (50) Warn hereby those who fear (because they know) that they will be gathered unto their Lord, for whom there is no protecting friend nor intercessor beside Him, that they may ward off (evil). (51) Repel not those who call upon their Lord at morn and evening, seeking His Countenance. Thou art not accountable for them in aught, nor are they accountable for thee in aught, that thou shouldst repel them and be of the wrong-doers. (52) And even so do We try some of them by others, that they say: Are these they whom Allah favoureth among us? Is not Allah best Aware of the thanksgivers? (53) And when those who believe in Our revelations come unto thee, say: Peace be unto you! Your Lord hath prescribed for Himself mercy, that whoso of you doeth evil through ignorance and repenteth afterward thereof and doeth right, (for him) lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (54) Thus do We expound the revelations that the way of the unrighteous may be manifest. (55) Say: I am forbidden to worship those on whom ye call instead of Allah. Say: I will not follow your desires, for then should I go astray and I should not be of the rightly guided. (56) Say: I am (relying) on clear proof from my Lord, while ye deny Him. I have not that for which ye are impatient. The decision is for Allah only. He telleth the truth and He is the Best of Deciders. (57) Say: If I had that for which ye are impatient, then would the case (ere this) have been decided between me and you. Allah is Best Aware of the wrong-doers. (58) And with Him are the keys of the Invisible. None but He knoweth them. And He knoweth what is in the land and the sea. Not a leaf falleth but He knoweth it, not a grain amid the darkness of the earth, naught of wet or dry but (it is noted) in a clear record. (59) He it is Who gathereth you at night and knoweth that which ye commit by day. Then He raiseth you again to life therein, that the term appointed (for you) may be accomplished. And afterward unto Him is your return. Then He will proclaim unto you what ye used to do. (60) He is the Omnipotent over His slaves. He sendeth guardians over you until, when death cometh unto one of you, Our messengers receive him, and they neglect not. (61) Then are they restored unto Allah, their Lord, the Just. Surely His is the judgment. And He is the most swift of reckoners. (62) Say: Who delivereth you from the darkness of the land and the sea? Ye call upon Him humbly and in secret, (saying): If we are delivered from this (fear) we truly will be of the thankful. (63) Say: Allah delivereth you from this and from all affliction. Yet ye attribute partners unto Him. (64) Say: He is able to send punishment upon you from above you or from beneath your feet, or to bewilder you with dissension and make you taste the tyranny one of another. See how We display the revelations so that they may understand. (65) Thy people (O Muhammad) have denied it, though it is the Truth. Say: I am not put in charge of you. (66) For every announcement there is a term, and ye will come to know. (67) And when thou seest those who meddle with Our revelations, withdraw from them until they meddle with another topic. And if the devil cause thee to forget, sit not, after the remembrance, with the congregation of wrong-doers. (68) Those who ward off (evil) are not accountable for them in aught, but the Reminder (must be given them) that haply they (too) may ward off (evil). (69) And forsake those who take their religion for a pastime and a jest, and whom the life of the world beguileth. Remind (mankind) hereby lest a soul be destroyed by what it earneth. It hath beside Allah no friend nor intercessor, and though it offer every compensation it will not be accepted from it. Those are they who perish by their own deserts. For them is drink of boiling water and a painful doom, because they disbelieved. (70) Say: Shall we cry, instead of unto Allah, unto that which neither profiteth us nor hurteth us, and shall we turn back after Allah hath guided us, like one bewildered whom the devils have infatuated in the earth, who hath companions who invite him to the guidance (saying): Come unto us? Say: Lo! the guidance of Allah is Guidance, and we are ordered to surrender to the Lord of the Worlds, (71) And to establish worship and ward off (evil), and He it is unto Whom ye will be gathered. (72) He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in truth. In the day when He saith: Be! it is. His Word is the Truth, and His will be the Sovereignty on the day when the trumpet is blown. Knower of the Invisible and the Visible, He is the Wise, the Aware. (73)
      Sura 06:01to73.

      October 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.
      Have Posted the two sura's for you to read but most important that I wanted you to see were:
      Sura 50:39 to 45.
      And Sura 06:68.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  2. Muneef

    Some body recently said that there are countries did not and do not listen to Reason or try to understand the language of modern humanity but rather  listens well and understands more when conflicts arises to unavoidable extreme combats.

    Wonder who is financing,supporting all such malpractices we particularly those occurring in Palestine such blood-shed,starvation and homes demolition practiced against the people of Gaza and similar to that happening in the W.Bank adding lands confiscations and the Holy City and Mosque's.  

    Who is fighting who?
    The people received the power since 1948 backed by UN that gave a land that she does not own to settlements that came running from the west fire and has caused,forced,coned mass immigrations from all continents.
    Those in power now fight against the original inhabiters rightful owners of these Lands who became to be renamed due to historical and political changes and became to be named as Palestinian Arabic speakers whether believers or non believers.
    These people derive from the nomad people of Moses down to Jesus,they were and are the ones who remained on these holy area lands,boarder and neighbor lands. Their ancestors had written,spoken in all the languages that passed the area that had written the Jewish and the Christian bibles until the last of the three heavenly religion that came in Arabic by the Qur'an.
    These people been converted as history eras came one after another changing them all for reasons of will or against will? All the Three dominant Beliefs diversified were originated out of one belief had been by the Prophet Abraham SAW! The people of Islam as of the elder faiths are of the Faith of Prophet Abraham, but the practice is what is disputed having been deeply diversified to suit the suite of different cultures in Arabic non Arabic countries and mostly where there are mixed cultures,religions that are to get along with integration.      

    October 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  3. Muneef

    What ever I write becomes flagged and never be shown if I open from any other PC surprised by the freedom of speech that you say to have enjoy?? Just waste of time writing is when you can not get it through.

    October 11, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
    • Muneef

      Muslims kindly vote for Prophet Muhammed SAW.
      Go to this link for voting:
      http://www.bestofmen.org/

      October 11, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  4. Steve

    This sort of information is completely biased.

    Israel, a "Jewish state that is democratic? By what standards? Netanyahu is a Bald face Liar.

    "Netanyahu cited the nation's Declaration of Independence, which says Israel is both the "national state of the Jewish people" and a democratic state "in which all its citizens - Jewish and non-Jewish - enjoy fully equal rights."

    What is equal about it? You can't be a non-Jewish Prime Minister. So how can that be equality or democratic.

    It's simply a ploy for undemocratic discrimination, and to self-justify denial of citizenship to its resident Arab population.

    As said, Isral lies at the side of their mouths, and Natty is their current spokesperson.

    October 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  5. Muneef

    Those Muslims here kindly repeat those names often it is helpful resolving issues:
    YA ALLAH ,  YA KAREEM ,  YA AWWAL ,  YA AKHER ,  YA MUJEEB    
      

    October 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  6. Air News Times

    Nice sharing

    October 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  7. JohnQuest

    Muneef, what would it take for you to change your mind, what evidence will you accept that will change your mind? Consider this, if you were raised by a Jewish family you would be a Jew. We are all born atheist, only through the luck of birth that we adopt a religion. What do you think the world would look like if there was no God, what do you think the world would look like if there was a God, finally which world do you think you are living in?

    October 9, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
    • Muneef

      @JohnQuest.
      Your comments are very tricky but wise and hope I can anwer them at the best of my knowledge and expression.
      What would it take me to change my mind? Do not intend to convert and nothing would get me to change my mind since not doubting any thing nor any contradictions found in the Quran.
      What evidence would I accept that will convince me to change my mind? Well there no avoidance ever can be found that would convince me beside we were warned from AlDijal who has the powers to act as God on earth with miracles but although believers were warned but the believers will believe in him as being God and then would end up in Hell although been promised by him to join paradise.
      Yes agree with you who ever is raised in a religious environment will adobt the religion he was brought up in to unless he starts searching for the truth if found that his religion has contradictions or doubted it in heart. Consider my self lucky being born in a moderate Islam teachings.
      What would I think the world would be if there was no God? Well we would think first of all that there would have not been any existence at all for all universe and world creations..
      What would the world look like if there was a God? Well it would look the way it is looking today of all creations and if there is a problem now it is not of God but is of Mankind negative actions and being stubbornness and selfishness otherwise religion would have been one for all if it wasn't to few that rejected the words of God and God's messengers to the extent of conspiring and killing Prophets of God and changing the words of God in their holy books to what is found suitable by them.
      What world do I think I am living in? Well I know in compared to you I am living in the third world where you think we are backward and living in the old dark ages unfortunately but I am happy that got me to know God more although if I was a Muslim living in your world I might have been less believer than now since the education you have talks scientifically disapproving the existence of God and insisting that mankind came by chance or coincidence which makes of life meaningless..and made mankind look as similar to all animals and nothing speacial about him nor that he has a message to deliver or to compete for a higher spiritual level through belief and worship. Regards.

      October 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
    • Muneef

      As to the subject of this post find a sura that is self explanatory and as to our subject we can carry on -take-young-christians-optimistic-despite-christian-america-demise.

      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful   
      O ye who believe! Be steadfast witnesses for Allah in equity, and let not hatred of any people seduce you that ye deal not justly. Deal justly, that is nearer to your duty. Observe your duty to Allah. Lo! Allah is Informed of what ye do. (8)
      Sura 05:08

      October 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
    • Muneef

      @JohnQuest.
      The Reality You see we do not agree with Darwin theory that Mankind was an Ape and developed into Mankind...and think the chain whom he found,discovered are of people mentioned below whom God has:
      Metamorphose,Disfigured,deformed,distorted,corrupted,twisted (SlovoEd Ar-En) them into Apes as per Sura 02:65 and Sura 07:166.
      While in Sura 95:04 says God created us Mankind of the best stature? And that those Apes are cursed are reduced to the lowest of the low as in Sura 95:05. 
      So do you after that you prefer to be Zero created by chance looking like Ape developed until today's Mankind or rather be God creation created at the best of looks and abilities. Leave it to you to decide which are you?       

                           In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      And (remember, O Children of Israel) when We made a covenant with you and caused the mount to tower above you, (saying): Hold fast that which We have given you, and remember that which is therein, that ye may ward off (evil). (63) Then, even after that, ye turned away, and if it had not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy ye had been among the losers. (64) And ye know of those of you who broke the Sabbath, how We said unto them: Be ye apes, despised and hated! (65) And We made it an example to their own and to succeeding generations, and an admonition to the God-fearing. (66)
      Sura 02:63 to 66.

                       In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful   
      And when a community among them said: Why preach ye to a folk whom Allah is about to destroy or punish with an awful doom, they said: In order to be free from guilt before your Lord, and that haply they may ward off (evil). (164) And when they forgot that whereof they had been reminded, We rescued those who forbade wrong, and visited those who did wrong with dreadful punishment because they were evil-livers. (165) So when they took pride in that which they had been forbidden, We said unto them: Be ye apes despised and loathed! (166) And (remember) when thy Lord proclaimed that He would raise against them till the Day of Resurrection those who would lay on them a cruel torment. Lo! verily thy Lord is swift in prosecution and lo! verily He is Forgiving, Merciful. (167) And We have sundered them in the earth as (separate) nations. Some of them are righteous, and some far from that. And We have tried them with good things and evil things that haply they might return. (168)
      Sura 07:164 to 168.

      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      By the fig and the olive, (1) By Mount Sinai, (2) And by this land made safe; (3) Surely We created man of the best stature (4) Then we reduced him to the lowest of the low, (5) Save those who believe and do good works, and theirs is a reward unfailing. (6) So who henceforth will give the lie to thee about the judgment? (7) Is not Allah the most conclusive of all judges? (8)
      Sura 95:01 to 08. 

      October 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  8. Rony

    If they get any closer to passing this law they'll be banning it.

    October 8, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  9. Reality

    Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

    Apparently you are still suffering from 1400 years of Islamic brainwashing. We again offer a quick cure if that is you are able to flee the clutches of the local imam and his koranic-driven, apostate-killing goons:

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave attended to by his wives before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Accept these five "cleansers" and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    October 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.
      No way you can convince me with these you are implying and hope readers would not believe a word you are saying and if you call it brainwash then let it be am happy with it knowing in heart that No God but Allah being the One and the Only,
      And that Muhammed is Final Messenger of God.
      Man I know God by heart as did Prophet of God Abraham and never been any thing misleading like mind.

      An-Nas
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind, (1) The King of mankind, (2) The God of mankind, (3) From the evil of the sneaking whisperer, (4) Who whispereth in the hearts of mankind, (5) Of the jinn and of mankind. (6)

      October 8, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      Your Three B Syndrome aka Bred, Born and Brainwashed in Islam obviously has taken over your neurons. Or is it the fear of your imam and his koranic-driven, apostate-killing goon squad?

      "Allah's Apostle said, "The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that I am His Apostle, cannot be shed except in three cases: In Qisas for murder, a married person who commits illegal se-xual inter-course and the one who reverts from Islam (apostate) and leaves the Muslims."Sahih al-Bukhari, 9:83:17

      October 9, 2010 at 10:26 am |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.
      You are mistaken If you thought I am saying that out of fear of any that you have mentioned and if I wanted to leave Islam I would go to any country that has the religion that I want to convert to and live there and no one would say any thing what you mention is of the past or at countries that are backward yet.
      My belief is out of being fully convinced beside experiences that I had in faith where I was saved and had mercy watching over me. Wa Alhamed Lilah. So suggest you close the chapter here. Thank you.

      October 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef,

      The chapter cannot close. Why??

      The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and male Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about closing the chapter on a religion responsible for the following atrocities:

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens killed, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and
      defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15) The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings that occur every day in the terror and horror world of Islam.

      October 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.
      Still you do not want to stop insulting our religion which I wonder what the cause is? All those accusations you have listed are the acts of your intelligence black marking our faith with acts that are organized by them and executed by their own trained people after all most of those terrorists were of Western passports or have you forgotten?
      It became a habit that every one wants to collect insurance money would do the crime sticking it to Islam,just as was happening during the English and Irish disputes?
      So what ever you say we do not believe at all that those were planned and executed by real Muslims with the purpose of serving Islam, so you see who's benefit to make Islam ugly or for other purposes are using those tricks.
      You at the west still are exporting your terror to us,for example now those pirates and killers in Somalia are mostly Somali
      American nationals sent by your intelligence to make life like hell for those in the area. So don't tell me that's were Muslim acts? Or have you forgotten those attacked Bombay Taj Mahal Hotel were holding British passports?
      You in the west are the main exporters of terror into Islamic countries and nations...

      October 10, 2010 at 7:32 am |
  10. Reality

    This significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!! Eliminate the notion of Abraham (Conservative Jews have already done this) and eliminate the notion of Gabriel and Islam has no foundation. Both eliminations take less than one second of neuron correction. How difficult can this be??

    October 7, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
    • Muneef

      A message before reads as comment awaiting moderation so do not know if seen or not but really would like you to read Quran Sura 02:96 to 101 although it is very interesting if carried on few more Sura's.!

      October 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.
      Check those verses in Sura 02:06 to 07 or to. 16 if can you will know where you stand.

      October 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
    • Muneef

      To save you the search.
                      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful   
      As for the Disbelievers, Whether thou warn them or thou warn them not it is all one for them; they believe not. (6) Allah hath sealed their hearing and their hearts, and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be an awful doom. (7) And of mankind are some who say: We believe in Allah and the Last Day, when they believe not. (8) They think to beguile Allah and those who believe, and they beguile none save themselves; but they perceive not. (9)In their hearts is a disease, and Allah increaseth their disease. A painful doom is theirs because they lie. (10) And when it is said unto them: Make not mischief in the earth, they say: We are peacemakers only. (11) Beware ! They indeed are the mischief-makers. But they perceive not. (12) And when it is said unto them: believe as the people believe, they say: shall we believe as the foolish believe? are not hey indeed the foolish? But they know not. (13) And when they fall in with those who believe, they say: We believe; but when they go apart to their devils they declare: Lo! we are with you; verily we did but mock. (14) Allah (Himself) doth mock them, leaving them to wander blindly on in their contumacy. (15) These are they who purchase error at the price of guidance, so their commerce doth not prosper, neither are they guided. (16)
      Sura 02:06 to 16.

                      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Say (O Muhammad, to mankind): Who is an enemy to Gabriel! For he it is who hath revealed (this Scripture) to thy heart by Allah's leave, confirming that which was (revealed) before it, and a guidance and glad tidings to believers; (97) Who is an enemy to Allah, and His angels and His messengers, and Gabriel and Michael! Then, lo! Allah (Himself) is an enemy to the disbelievers. (98)Verily We have revealed unto thee clear tokens, and only miscreants will disbelieve in them. (99) Is it ever so that when they make a covenant a party of them set it aside? The truth is, most of them believe not. (100) And when there cometh unto them a messenger from Allah, confirming that which they possess, a party of those who have received the Scripture fling the Scripture of Allah behind their backs as if they knew not, (101)
      Sura 02:97 to 101   

      October 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  11. DigbyCS

    Why don't they just require everyone to wear a swastika and to march in lockstep? I hear that works great.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm |
    • Wick

      They have something against swastikas, I think. And marching in lockstep only works when you have someplace to march.
      The wild accusations must be flying by now in Knesset or whatever that collection of back-biters is called.
      How can they defend their country if they become fascistic and despotic?
      Oops. Too late.

      October 7, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
  12. Muneef

    Thought was hearing that governments are obliged to separate religion from the state as a sign of democracy and that what was the war on the The Osmans and now the Islamic Republic of Afganistan and In directly the Islamic republic of Pakistan and now the Islamic republic of Iran and in future the Islamic Kingdoms being the most moderate now.
    But with Israel it is different she is being encouraged to become a Jewish state? Wish at least if was as a Jewish state in the hands of Arab Jews but no it is in hands of Russion and Polish Jews that are foreign to this Holy Land.
    Our Arab brothers are suffering all either they are Muslims or Christions or Jews they are forced out of the land or work as slaves to those foreign imported bodies. The united Nation gave them a land they do not own and this was the start of a long journey with unending wars and bloodshed in the whole Mideast area in what is considered as a Holy War.??
    Besides it is a Holy land why shouldn't there be a place for Christionity and Muslims each had his time during the past history and therefore has the right for a place within at least towards the bloodshed that was wasted between the three religions within this Holy Land. It is my dream as a Muslim to visit Alaqsa mosque to pray there and The Rock dome as well and it hearts that I can't by being forbiden to visit Israel and Israel does not welcome Arabs and Muslims??

    October 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
    • Muneef

      This is what is going to happen as can find in Quran Sura 17:01 to 07

      October 7, 2010 at 8:03 pm |
    • Steve

      You tell it like it is.

      October 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  13. john dahodi

    If Israel forced their religious minority to take an oath for the religious majority rules, it is still a democracy? And America can buy that? And pour billions of dollars to make this unholy democracy survive?
    Obama has promised for justice, fairness, equality, human rights and freedom for all, but he has no guts to act. Like other Presidents, Obama also cannot do anything to the oppressed people except giving lecture and false promises.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  14. Smith in Oregon

    As Israel slips deeper and deeper into a entirely Apartheid State, America's support and Billions of free American taxpayer dollars given to Apartheid Israel every year should be stopped and dried up. Israel already has 'Jews only road system' where non Jewish people are unable to travel, unable to even ride in Jewish vehicles driven by Jewish vehicles. The ultra-conservative extreme government of Israel's Netanyahu is pushing for extremely insensitive deportation laws regarding Israeli citizens and their children with less than 5 years of Israeli citizenship. That could result in the deportation of thousands of Israeli citizens and is widely seen as a huge abuse of political powers.

    The terrible human rights abuse charges that are mounting and being alleged by the European Unions legal consul as well as many nations around the entire world is further isolating Apartheid Israel and American's should be actively questioning what American core values are given, received and supported by America's continued massive free taxpayer cash giveaway to Israel. America and much of the world entirely boycotted South Africa's government, business's and trade. The same should happen to Apartheid Israel, boycotting the Israeli government, boycotting all Israeli business's and boycotting all Israeli trade.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
    • Steve

      and no aprthied state can be said to be democraitc.. Israel Is cettinaly not democratic (and why a state, not a nation.. oh yes, US's 51st undeclared state.. I hear the US spends more per captia on Israel citizens than they do thier own.)

      October 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  15. Ruth

    The Druze and Bedouins are loyal and they are not Jewish. Basically this is to prevent rising terror. But the Muslim world will try to turn it into something it isn't. That's OK, we've been villified for thousands of years and we're still here while most of those who villified us are long gone. Christianity and Islam will disappear long before we do just like the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks did.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
    • Dave

      Except the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians still exist. The civilisations may have changed somewhat, but continuity of culture and genetics has been maintained. There are still Mayans, Celts and Vikings too, though we might call them Mexicans, Irish, Welsh and Scandinavians now. The survival of the Jewish people is an achievement, but not a rare one.

      And do you have any proof for your assertion that Islam and Christianity will disappear before Judaism? Because I have a feeling you don't.

      October 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
    • Izzy

      That just seems Ruthless.

      October 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
    • Steve

      TheJjews of the torah have been gone a long time. Resurrected inname, sure. There are still Greeks, Egyptians, Romans today. Your sefl-aggrandizing enthocentrism shines so blackly.

      October 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  16. Freedom!

    I would like to add that what I consider wrong is not included.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  17. Freedom!

    Unlikely to cause disruption is the peace process. Israel to be liked by democratic countries as free society, to swear by an allegiance to create community, equality, and places that celebrate diverse culture or as respect for the higher authority. I believe that the sins of hate are inequally oppressing the Jewish people, and need to be supported from every side respecting these rights.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  18. Krans

    Loyalty law? It's useless if you don't have any way of determining true loyalty. What a "nazi" waste of time.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  19. JohnQuest

    Strange, didn't Germans make its citizens take a similar oath around 1939? Just Asking, I have no answer either I just don't want my taxes going to support this.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
    • peace2all

      @JohnQuest

      Yeah... so I guess that I am not the only one who finds this a bit odd or disconcerting.

      Peace...

      October 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
    • Truth Be Told

      You are so right, but the Zionist Jews control of all major power positions such as media, politics and corporate america, they will just label someone like you as a Anti-Semite.

      October 8, 2010 at 6:51 am |
    • Steve

      If the truth were known (and it is, just squirreled away), the Nazi's reaction to Judaism is akin to any civilized country's reaction to influence peddling , corruption, and self-preservation. We all have prisons today, and some aren't so nice.

      October 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  20. peace2all

    Interesting and thought-provoking article (to me anyway).

    Given that Judaism is considered a tribal or by ancestory/blood religion, can we say that they are attempting to create a 'theocracy' by claiming Israel as a 'Jewish State.' As Iran is an 'Islamic State.'....?

    Again, interesting as the are claiming both a 'Jewish State and a democratic state." I'm wondering, as we have our 'new citizens' swear an 'oath' but it is not to a 'Christian State and democratic state.' Taking into account the 20% of Israeli citizens who are muslim, seems that 'possibly' they are enforcing and mixing political and religious doctrine on minorities who are not Jewish.

    Anyways, I am not claiming any answers here, just humbly posing some interesting dichotomies and questions.

    Peace...

    October 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
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